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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby VectorZero » Thu Apr 03, 2008 1:24 am UTC

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Postby uildaan » Thu Apr 03, 2008 11:25 am UTC

I got a book out containing some of John Stuart Mills essays. Reading 'Utilitarianism' atm. Probably just going to read that and 'On Liberty' for which I got it out in the first place

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Postby existential_elevator » Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:31 pm UTC

uildaan wrote:I got a book out containing some of John Stuart Mills essays. Reading 'Utilitarianism' atm. Probably just going to read that and 'On Liberty' for which I got it out in the first place


Don't really agree with JS Mill, but he's not so bad to read, and the guy had a pretty amazing follow through. I mean, he really acted on what he said, which is awesome.

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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby bigglesworth » Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:33 pm UTC

Still reading Gravity's Rainbow (yeah, I'm behind schedule by a few days).

However, I've been reading some H.G. Wells short stories. The Land Ironclads is really interesting because it is so prophetic.
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Postby JayDee » Tue Apr 08, 2008 10:15 am UTC

Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson. Yay for fora-folk recommendations! I've passed this book by many many times, because I only wanted Sci-Fi from Mr. Gibson. But now I'm finally reading it, and very impressed. Especially after being not so impressed by the Neuromancer sequels.
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Postby Rodan » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:03 am UTC

Finished those last too books, both were quite awesome. Now I've got An H.P. Lovecraft collection (I'm tired of not having read the call of Cthulhu (huzzah! fixed spelling before anyone noticed...)) and I've replaced the Superman volume with Essential Thor Vol.1, because I was pissed and saddened when the Thor DVD-Rom collection was canceled.
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Postby SummerGlau » Wed Apr 09, 2008 10:18 pm UTC

I'm reading Gateway by Frederick Pohl. It's great so far, I love his books.
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Postby The Hyphenator » Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:41 am UTC

I'm reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, Dune (self-explanatory), and my obligatory Discworld book, Thud!.

Also, holy crap! I just realized Pin and Tulip in The Truth are based on Croup and Vandemar in Neverwhere! Tulip and Croup even both have the same -ing interest in art!* It's great to see stuff I like connect together.

*Didn't get the reference? Don't worry about it.

EDIT: Got Pin and Tulip confused. Not that anyone cares.
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Postby JayDee » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:43 am UTC

That reminds me, I should reread Good Omens.
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Postby Kabann » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:48 am UTC

Almost finished with Beyond the Fall of Night by Arthur C. Clarke and Gregory Benford, and I'm experiencingpowerful feelings of meh. Very interesting ideas, clumsily executed. I can tell it's one of Clarke's very very early works.

Still, very cool conceptually for a sci-fi story that was imagined back in the late '30s.

Also reading the collected short works of C.J. Cherryh, and I'm fairly impressed so far.
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Postby The Hyphenator » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:23 pm UTC

JayDee wrote:That reminds me, I should reread Good Omens.

Y'know, that's the only Terry Pratchett book I've ever started and not finished. They just kept adding too many characters!
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Postby kellsbells » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:47 pm UTC

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JayDee wrote:That reminds me, I should reread Good Omens.

Y'know, that's the only Terry Pratchett book I've ever started and not finished. They just kept adding too many characters!

What. Good Omens is hilarious. There are not too many characters. There are just enough characters! *Dons armor to defend Good Omens*

Uh, but on topic... I'm reading Neverwhere too, isn't that interesting? So far I really like it.
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Postby existential_elevator » Sat Apr 12, 2008 12:09 am UTC

The Hyphenator wrote:
JayDee wrote:That reminds me, I should reread Good Omens.

Y'know, that's the only Terry Pratchett book I've ever started and not finished. They just kept adding too many characters!


That was my FAVOURITE ONE. Of the whole lot.
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Postby JayDee » Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:24 am UTC

The Hyphenator wrote:
JayDee wrote:That reminds me, I should reread Good Omens.
Y'know, that's the only Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman book I've ever started and not finished. They just kept adding too many characters!
Fixed. I'm not surprised if characters in The Truth and Neverwhere are based off each other.
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Postby Zohar » Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:18 am UTC

I finished Good Omens but didn't really enjoy it... Might have something to do with being Jewish and not knowing Christian mythology. I love both Pratchett and Gaiman.
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Postby studyinserendipity » Sun Apr 13, 2008 1:07 am UTC

Good Omens is so far been the only Pratchett I've read. It was recommended to me by a student. I found it a nice diversion, but hasn't made me enamored with Pratchett. Maybe I'm doing something wrong....?

I'm currently working my way through another translation of The Arabian Nights, this one published in 1916 by Harper & Brothers. I read a different translation every couple of years; I'm a bit of a short story/fairy tale junkie.
Once that's done and obligatory school reading dies down, I've got Choke, by Chuck Palahniuk
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Postby Mr. Altaco » Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:00 am UTC

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party is what I'm reading currently. It's great.

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Postby kellsbells » Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:02 am UTC

Zohar wrote:I finished Good Omens but didn't really enjoy it... Might have something to do with being Jewish and not knowing Christian mythology. I love both Pratchett and Gaiman.

I am an atheist and have never set foot in a church... heck, I don't even think there is a Bible in my house. Anyway, I still loved Good Omens. It's just so funny. Crowley has to be one of my top ten favorite characters ever.
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Postby esprit » Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:59 am UTC

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I can't see how anything but the most basic grasp of mythology is required. I mean who is there? Everyone's heard of Angels, Demons, God, and Satan right? 4 horsemen of the apocalypse? I don't know if they're an exclusively christian construct, but there's certainly plenty of opportunity to come across references without stepping into a church.

Anyway. Tapes turning into the greatest hits of queen when you leave them in a car too long is funny regardless of your theological background. Until 10 minutes ago I did not know of a single person who had read Good Omens and not enjoyed it. I've gotta say the world seems a slightly bleaker place.

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Postby mayhaps » Sun Apr 13, 2008 6:52 am UTC

Reading The Redemption of Althalus right now. Anyone read it? I'm not sure what to think -- my friend recommended it.

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Postby JayDee » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:34 am UTC

I quite enjoyed The Redemption of Althalus. Very much like all of David Eddings other worlds (which I enjoyed,) but in one book. A more efficient application of the same formula, maybe.

That said, I liked it more than the Belgariad or Mallorean or Elenium or Tamuli. There was something about a cloak?
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kellsbells wrote:
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JayDee wrote:That reminds me, I should reread Good Omens.

Y'know, that's the only Terry Pratchett book I've ever started and not finished. They just kept adding too many characters!

What. Good Omens is hilarious. There are not too many characters. There are just enough characters! *Dons armor to defend Good Omens*

Uh, but on topic... I'm reading Neverwhere too, isn't that interesting? So far I really like it.

I just spent the whole morning finishing Neverwhere. I just love how
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Oh, and the marquis de Carabas is pretty much the coolest character ever. Vandemar comes second.

This is the third Neil Gaiman book I've read (not counting Good Omens, which everyone else seems to like :(), and this is my second favorite, behind American Gods and in front of Anansi Boys.

Well, on to Smoke and Mirrors!
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Postby wery67564 » Mon Apr 14, 2008 12:00 pm UTC

Just finished ready a HP Lovecraft short stories collection edited by Joyce Carol Oates, now a week later I am sleeping better and have thus moved on to Philip Roth's The Human Stain
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Postby jakkle » Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:47 pm UTC

currently reading a penguin modern classics book of kafka's short stories, which includes metamorphosis and the stoker. I am only a little way through and it's amazing. Kafka sometimes writes a page which just describes a person or scene, and i love it.

aside: how do you pronounce 'Gaiman'?
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jakkle wrote:currently reading a penguin modern classics book of kafka's short stories, which includes metamorphosis and the stoker. I am only a little way through and it's amazing. Kafka sometimes writes a page which just describes a person or scene, and i love it.


I completely agree, his short works are great. I love his ability to just capture a generic moment and leave the reader with some sort of emotion without having given any motion or plot context to the object. I can't remember if I'm just imagining this, but doesn't he isolate and elaborate on some of the images used in his longer works?
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Mao II, Don DeLillo
I've been on a huge postmodern kick lately. I stole this from my dad to read until I find time to pick up some of his other books. I think I'll wait a while for Underworld, but White Noise looked like good stuff.
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studyinserendipity wrote:I can't remember if I'm just imagining this, but doesn't he isolate and elaborate on some of the images used in his longer works?
Well, he incorporated his parable "Before the Law" into The Trial. Also, "The Stoker" is the first chapter of Amerika, though it stands alone as a story, and is generally presented as such. I can't think of anything else, though. And yes, he is terrific.

Hey Narsil, how did Infinite Jest turn out? And how long did it take you to get through it? Sorry, never mind. I picked it up myself recently, but am currently reading another massive tome, so hopefully definitely I'll get to it soon.

On topic: I'm still reading Melville's massive epic poem Clarel. I love it so much, but it may not be for everyone, stylewise. Like Dostoevsky he foresaw so much of what we're living through today, but the way it's presented makes it seem so archaic.

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Postby JayDee » Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:16 am UTC

jakkle wrote:aside: how do you pronounce 'Gaiman'?
My guess was wrong. Here is Neils answer:
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Postby GKZ » Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:05 am UTC

Still reading Watchmen @ work...

Cant get any other reading in, because i am now working a day, and graveyard shift. This leaves 5-6 1/2 hrs of "not at work time"

I call it bed time...

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Narsil wrote:Mao II, Don DeLillo
I've been on a huge postmodern kick lately. I stole this from my dad to read until I find time to pick up some of his other books. I think I'll wait a while for Underworld, but White Noise looked like good stuff.


I've read this, from what I remember it was really cool but quite bazaar so I don't remember much about it. I'll have to give it another go sometime. Cosmopolis is another good one by him, but it's one of his shorter ones whereas Underworld is an all-consuming colossus of a novel.

I've just finished Crime and Punishment. I tried reading it once ages ago but found it a bit heavy and thoroughly confusing, particularly the way each character can be referred to by there surname, there first names or abbreviated firstnames that aren't always obvious to non-Russians. This time I found it much easier to read, maybe because I worked my way up to it via shorter, related-works by people like Camus. It really is very good, strange how it still appeals to people over a hundred years later in a completely different society.

I've just started White Teeth by Zadie Smith, and so far I'm not too keen on the modern, clever-clogs writing style but I think that might just be the shock of jumping into it striaght from Dostoyevski.

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CHeMnISTe BOY wrote:
I've just started White Teeth by Zadie Smith, and so far I'm not too keen on the modern, clever-clogs writing style but I think that might just be the shock of jumping into it striaght from Dostoyevski.


Huzzah! Now we can talk about it when you've finished it! :D

The prose does have a bit of a 'too cool for school' thing about it, but it does lend itself well to the layers of stories and characters portrayed. I thought it was quite an endearing thing. There's a bit where she describes a first experience to middle-class family life from a working class outsider, and it's incredibly spot on.

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Postby Jessica » Thu Apr 17, 2008 10:54 pm UTC

Just finished Lamb by Christopher Moore.
Quite enjoyed it. Funny and touching and just nifty.

I do have to agree the ending was weak. I've heard that's a common thread in Moore's books.

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Postby Cornelius » Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:42 am UTC

I'm reading Siege of Darkness and The Brain right now.

one is Legend of Drizzt, the other is based on a PBS special.
It should be simple to determine which is which.

up next I finish out the Legend of Drizzt with Passage to Dawn (me reading it anyway, I've read all the other books.), then on to Night Watch.
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CHeMnISTe BOY wrote:
Narsil wrote:Mao II, Don DeLillo
I've been on a huge postmodern kick lately. I stole this from my dad to read until I find time to pick up some of his other books. I think I'll wait a while for Underworld, but White Noise looked like good stuff.


I've read this, from what I remember it was really cool but quite bazaar so I don't remember much about it. I'll have to give it another go sometime. Cosmopolis is another good one by him, but it's one of his shorter ones whereas Underworld is an all-consuming colossus of a novel.

Cosmopolis did indeed interest me as well. Mao II is definitely a weird one, but I'm liking it a lot. The main character doesn't really capture your sympathy, but then again, I don't know that he's meant to.
I'm scoring White Noise tomorrow through our school's book fair, so I'm excited about that.
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Postby bigglesworth » Fri Apr 18, 2008 6:48 pm UTC

Hmmm. This is going to be a bit of a convoluted post.

Still in the process of reading Gravity's Rainbow. I got onto the final segment.

I read the Dark Heresy Inquisitor's Handbook and White Wolf's Changeling: The Lost core book. I'm playing Dark Heresy so the glut of guns was nice, and Changeling: The Lost is pretty cool, I must say.

Before that I read Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon. Nice, but he's no Ian M. Banks.

That's it, I think.
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Postby Shizo » Sat Apr 19, 2008 4:39 am UTC

Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll

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